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New York Giants Off the Clock: Seventh-Round Pick Defensive Tackle Chris Slayton, Syracuse
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5 Jun 2019 08:09 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: New York Giants seventh-round pick Syracuse lineman Chris Slayton with sack. (Image Source: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

The New York Giants had 10 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, including six Day 3 selections. As we take the Giants “Off the Clock,” we’ll breakdown all 10 of their draft picks, concluding with the second of their two seventh-round choices:

Round 7; Pick 31 (245th Overall): DT Chris Slayton, Syracuse

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Measurables: The 6’ 3/8” Syracuse man has average height for a D-linemen, with pretty good bulk at 307 pounds. His arm length is (33 ½”) is middling, but his wingspan (78 3/8”) is short, while his hands (10 5/8”) are massive. In terms of athleticism, Slayton is lacking. His 40-yard dash (5.13), vertical jump (29”), broad jump (101”), and short shuttle (4.73) were all poor efforts at the NFL Scouting Combine. He did throw up 225 pounds an impressive 28 times on the bench press, which isn’t insignificant.

Skill Set: Thick and muscular, Slayton has flashed the ability to handle two-gap duties. With his stout frame, as well as excellent pad level when engaged, he’s an excellent anchor in the trenches. At times, he displayed the quickness to burst into the backfield and did his best work as a pass rusher as a senior (3.5 sacks) using a bull rush to collapse the pocket.  

Value: While not overly productive as a three-year starter for Syracuse, Slayton did enough that he was expected to hear his name called at the NFL Draft. He was expected to go in the sixth-to-seventh round range so the G-Men got decent value with this selection.

Need: The Giants have their 3-4 defensive ends set with Dalvin Tomlinson and B.J. Hill, however other than Olsen Pierre, the depth is rather inexperienced. As a rookie, Slayton doesn’t help in terms of experience, but the club should try to develop depth behind their starters.

Mogollon’s Pick: Among the nine players the Giants passed up who were drafted, edge rusher Jordan Brailford from Oklahoma State would have been my selection. The All-Big 12 performer knows how to get into the backfield and is a talented pass rusher who the Giants could have groomed at outside linebacker. He went to Washington with the 253rd pick.

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Who Else Did They Pass Up? There were only nine players drafted after Slayton’s selection. If not Brailford, then Colorado State wide receiver Olabisi Johnson (No. 247) was the most-talented player New York passed up who ended up getting drafted. UCLA tight end Caleb Wilson (No. 254) went with the last pick to Arizona as Mr. Irrelevant.

The Fit: I’m not clear on where Slayton fits in New York’s defense. At Syracuse, he was mostly a three-technique along their four-man front, with some experience as an end. Lacking the girth of a 3-4 nose tackle, Slayton is likely a defensive end in James Bettcher’s scheme, although he lacks the ideal length for a five-technique.  

2019 Outlook & Beyond: It will be a battle for Slayton to make the team. If he does, he will likely compete with R.J. McIntosh for a backup job behind starting ends Dalvin Tomlinson and B.J. Hill. The G-Men are set for years to come with those two at D-end, but if Slayton can develop into a reliable and versatile backup so that New York won’t have to dip into free agency for depth, this will be a worthwhile pick by Dave Gettleman.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: danmogollon@gmail.com.

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